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DIY Wooden Door Pulls

DIY pull

When I decided to change my bi-fold door into bi-parting hinged doors bi-parting hinged doors I knew I wanted some special pulls for the door panels. 

After searching around a bit for extra long pulls I decided that making my own was the only way I was going to be able to truly achieve the look I wanted on my new doors.

Materials:

  • One 48 inch 5/8 inch dowel rod
  • 1/2 inch copper T fitting
  • Glue (liquid nails or gorilla glue)
  • 220-Grit Sandpaper
  • Rub and Buff or Spray Paint (optional)
  • Pre-stain Wood Conditioner
  • Stain or Paint
  • Top Coat
  • Cabinet Kob Screws (#8) length depends on door depth.

Tools:

  • Miter Saw (or miter box)
  • Vise

This is the second of several projects for my Spring 2024 One Room Challenge!  I am tackling my small mudroom. So far I’ve completed a lot of prep work and upgraded my bi-folding door bi-folding door.  My theme for the space is Vintage Bug Science Poster.  Can you picture it!? Be sure to check out all the other participants!

Step One: Cut Dowel Rods

Once you decide on the length for your pulls you will need to cut down the dowel.  I used my miter saw to make my cuts but this could be easily done using a miter box with hand saw.  

I cut my mid-section rod at 12 inches, and then cut two 2 inch pieces to add to the ends.  The 2 inch pieces will make the rod look as though it goes all the way through the T fitting.

Lastly, I cut two 1/2 inch dowel pieces.  These will fit into the back/bottom of the T fitting.  This will be needed to attach the pulls to your door or drawers.

Wooden pull

Step Two: Finish the Dowel Pieces

Prior to glue all the parts of the pull together, I decided to finishing each piece individually.  

I started by lightly sanding the dowel pieces with 220-grit sand paper.  Then wiped them down with denatured alcohol. 

Then applied a pre-stain wood conditioner and let that to dry for about an hour. 

Once the conditioner was dry, I then applied my stain.  I used General Finishes Antique Walnut.  Then I used General Finished Flat Out top coat.  I love the look of the Flat Out top coat, there is no sheen at all but creates a nice protective layer over the stain finish.

The great part about these pulls is they take stain great, but if you wanted to paint them instead they would look great painted! 

Tip: Wear a glove and use a sock pulled over your hand to stain the dowels.

Step Three: Glue the Pulls

With the finish complete, it was time to actually build the pulls! 

For this step I just used gorilla glue, but you could also use liquid nails. 

I started by gluing the 1/2 inch dowel piece into the back/bottom of the T fitting.  Pressing it as far into the T as I could. 

Then I glued the 2 inch dowel piece into either end of the 2 T fittings.  I did clamp this into place for about 1 hour to ensure a tight fight and no movement. 

Lastly, I used the 12 inch dowel piece and attached the two T fittings together.  I did clamp this as well with an extra long clamp. 

Repeat for your second pull (or as many pulls as you are making!).

Step Four: Drill Pilot Hole

Set your pull in a vise with the bottom of the T fitting up.  Drill a small pilot hole into the 1/2 inch dowel piece you have glued into the back side.  This will be were the screw screws into to hold the pull on your door/drawer.

Repeat this in each of the 1/2 inch dowel pieces.

Step Five: Attach the Pull

If you do not have pre-drill holes you will need to mark and drill holes through your door/drawer. 

Then from the backside of the door push your screw through the pre-drilled hole and screw into your pull.

DIY Wooden Door Pulls

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DIY Wooden Door Pulls

DIY Wooden Pulls

Prep Time 1 hour
Build Time 1 hour
Dry Time 8 hours

Equipment

  • Miter Saw or Miter Box
  • Vise

materials
  

  • 1 48 in. 5/8 inch dowel rod
  • 2 1/2 inch copper T fitting
  • Liquid Nails or Gorilla Glue
  • Spray Paint in color of choice
  • Pre-stain wood conditioner
  • Wood Stain in color of choice
  • Wood Top Coat
  • 4 #8 Knob Screws length depends on door depth

Instructions
 

  • Cut dowel rods.
  • Finish the dowel pieces.
  • Glue the pulls.
  • Drill pilot holes.
  • Attached the pull.

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